Who cares? Did you enjoy the LOTR films? Is having a happy clappy fully multi-cultural world represented in every single film a pre-requisite to enjoying it these days? What about hobbits of different religions?...
(Original post by fat_hobbit)
Middle-earth is not Europe. It's tolkiens world.
He could have at least included one black , one chinese, and brown hobbit for the sake of political correctness. Even if it meant , that they travelled from 'N africa' to the shire to meet up with other hobbits to discuss the ring and how to defeat sauron.
the day political correctness makes it into literature is the day i'm ending myself
Quite simply, the sun in the shire is not hot enough to turn hobbit skin black. Neither is it hot enough anywhere else in middle earth (except possibly Harad and the lands of the desert)
And since the extent of hobbit migration is from just past the misty mountains, there are no black hobbits
(Original post by SOZLAD)
assuming that lotr/the hobbit was set in the northern hemisphere (hence all the white people) then it was clearly set in a time before mass migration/immigration (hence the lack of technology that would suggest a more modern time)... there wouldn't be any black hobbits unless it was set in the southern hemisphere
Norther and southern hemisphere:
Note half of africa in norther hemisphere.
Why does it matter op, it's a fictional story. I'm sure most black or ethnic minorities couldn't give a **** about such things and just enjoy the movie fullstop.
They had the 'indian' type people with the 'oliphaunts' in the third book, implying that other cultures existed, but I suppose that there just wasn't much scope for multiculturalism what with the wars of men and elves and orcs, and Mordor being in the way.
The Hobbits lived in a temperate climate, making it natural for them to evolve to have less melanin in their skin.
Perhaps the hobbit species/race was native to northern climates? Even if there were other hobbit populations that has evolved in areas where dark skin was necessary to thrive, it is in hobbit nature to stay in their local area. Add that to the difficulties presented by migration when you only have feet, horses and boats and it's unlikely the populations would have met/mixed.
Also, I doubt Tolkien was worried about the PC implications of a single race/colour population. It's pretty silly to take a fictional work out of the context in which it was written.